CAF TO HOLD DODGE PARATRIATHLON CAMP IN PENSACOLA
OFFICIAL TECHNICAL TRAINING CAMP OF USA PARATRIATHLON TO FEATURE ELITE COACHES AND MENTORS
San Diego, CA – April 29, 2011 – The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a world leader in creating athletic opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, has announced its second Dodge Paratriathlon Camp to support the recent inclusion of Paratriathlon in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero. thewindowsplus.org The purpose of the camp is to increase interest in the sport and help aspiring paratriathletes hone their skills at a comprehensive two-and-a-half day camp focusing on technical training techniques, race preparation and nutrition.
Taking place at the Portofino Island Resort in Pensacola, FL May 5-8, 2011, the camp will be led by world-class coaches Sergio Borges(USA Triathlon Level 3 coach), Peter Harsch (USA Triathlon Level 1 coach)and local USA Triathlon level 1 Multisport Performance Institute triathlon coaches Mark Sortino and John Murray. Participants will be supported and mentored by some of America’s top paratriathletes, including Paul Martin, four-time ITU world champion, Sarah Reinertsen, the first woman on an artificial leg to complete the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and Jon Beeson, former ITU world champion and Co-chair of the USA Paratriathlon Committee. Participants in the Dodge CAF Paratriathlon Camp will include injured 10 service members from CAF’s Operation Rebound program.
“Identifying and developing America’s paratriathletes as we prepare for the 2016 Paralympics is critical to securing spots on the podium in Rio,” said Beeson. “Full, comprehensive camps led by top experts and authorities, such as the ones put on by the CAF, allow up-and-coming paratriathletes to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” he added.
“We are excited to be working with our partners to provide the most comprehensive and technically advanced camp available to paratriathletes in the United States,” said Roy H. Perkins, CAF’s Senior Director of Programs. “Our goal is to help the athletes we work with take their participation in paratriathlon to the next level – whether their goal is to make it to Rio or just set a personal best in a local event.”
The Paratriathlon categories to be included in this camp are 1, 2, 4, and 5. For a description of these categories, please click here: http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/for-athletes/paratriathlon/classification).
The Dodge brand is partnering with the CAF for the charity’s 2011 season. In addition to sponsoring the Dodge Paratriathlon camp, the Dodge brand serves as a “Global Partner” for the foundation and is the “Title Sponsor” of CAF’s Million Dollar Challenge.
About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $30 million has been raised and almost 5,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year.
Whether it’s providing a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858/866.0959.
About Dodge Brand
Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive. The brand is on a tear for the 2011 model year, redefining itself with six all-new or significantly redesigned new vehicles, introducing new lifestyle packages designed to better meet the needs of its customers, launching catchy new ads that have started conversations with owners and potential owners, actively participating in new events and sponsorships and developing relationships with its long-loyal enthusiast base, as well as reaching out to customers who want cars that leave them wanting more.
For the 2011 model year, the Dodge brand is filling dealer showrooms with a vast array of new and updated products. The Dodge product line includes the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, and the Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro.